1986 GMC C10- Square Foundation

A Resto-Mod Squarebody Built by Family and Friends

Jason Mulligan
Dec 15, 2015
Photographers: Jason Mulligan
Focus on the simple fact that working on your truck with your friends and family truly is what brings the most satisfaction. Well, next to cruising the completed truck down the road and into a show, of course. Jason Mattison out of Northport, Alabama, has been involved in the custom-truck scene for a long time. Chances are good he has learned what works and what doesn’t. Jason got his start, as many of us did, due to his father Danny. His path of past builds also reflects a common timeline in the truck world. One of Jason’s first customs was a mini truck in the form of an S-10 Blazer, followed by a custom fullsize GMC Sierra, and now, a classic truck, his 1986 GMC.
Photo 2/11   |   10 1986 GMC C10 Raceline Wheels
Photo 3/11   |   06 1986 GMC C10 Custom Raised Wood Bed
Danny picked up the truck a few years ago for less than a couple grand and built it in a resto-mod style with the help of his father, father-in-law, and close friends. Many of the NOS restoration parts the truck needed came from his father and M&M Classic Chevy & Rod Parts. The truck began its new life at Terry Tyner’s shop (Jason’s father-in-law). They had a lot of help from Chad Skelton of Skelton Auto Parts on much of the fabrication needed to get the truck laying frame on 22-inch Raceline billet wheels. The change in altitude came courtesy of a Porterbuilt front Dropmember, Air Lift air bags, and a rear two-link setup.
Photo 4/11   |   05 1986 GMC C10 350 Engine
Photo 5/11   |   03 1986 GMC C10 Side View
Jason also got last-minute parts from Chad. Hunter Skelton and Jason Landers provided motivation and a couple hands to get the truck in top-notch shape to roll out to the shows. With the fabrication and restoration taken care of, a 1991 Chevrolet 350 motor was dressed and dropped into the engine bay, saddled by a set of custom wheel tubs. Finishing off the build was a two-tone paint scheme that highlighted the sharp and unmistakable bodyline. Jason Hughes laid down the deep black and bright white paint that was split with a silver highlight. The truck was built to drive and hit up shows, and the bed floor was raised and a custom composite wood bed floor installed for durability when luggage, chairs, and coolers are loaded up for a cruise.
The objective of the build was to create a clean and refined custom that kept the original touches of a classic truck. It couldn’t have been completed without the help of friends and family. Jason successfully pulled off what many people can’t—the function of a daily driver with the fit and finish of a full-blown show truck.
Inside the build
Year/Make/Model: 1986 GMC C10
Owner and City/State: Jason Mattison; Northport, Alabama
Club: Relaxed Atmosphere
Chassis:
Front Suspension: Porterbuilt Dropmember, Air Lift bags
Rear Suspension: Two-link setup with panhard bar, Air Lift bags, Asco valves, Viair compressors
Shocks: KYB
Drivetrain:
Engine: 1991 Chevrolet V8 350, Edelbrock Performer intake manifold, MSD distributor
Transmission: Chevrolet 350TH
Exhaust: Hooker headers, Custom 2 1/2-inch exhaust with Flowmaster mufflers
Body:
Paint: Black and white two-tone with silver break line by Jason Hughes
Body Mods: Shaved firewall and stake pockets, One-Piece Products window kit, Composite wood bed floor, Replacement parts from M&M Classic Chevy & Rod Parts
Interior:
Black vinyl upholstery, Lokar shifter, Billet Specialties steering wheel, NOS replacement parts from M&M Classic Chevy & Rod Parts
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 22x8.5; Raceline Executive
Tires: 265/35R22; Nankang
Special Thanks: “Danny Mattison, Terry Tyner, Jamie Mattison, Chad Skelton, Hunter Skelton, Jason Landers, Jason Hughes, M&M Classic Chevy & Rod Parts, Skelton Auto Parts, and Relaxed Atmosphere”

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